Aeroflot was forced to cancel a flight from Colombo to Moscow after the local authorities barred the plane from leaving the country. The authorities in Sri Lanka have grounded a civilian aircraft belonging to Russian carrier Aeroflot and seized the plane.
The Colombo High Commercial Court reportedly issued the arrest warrant following a complaint filed by Irish company Celestial Aviation Trading Limited, which is affiliated with aircraft lessor GECAS.
However later, the authorities in Sri Lanka suspended a court order that barred a civilian aircraft leased by the airline Aeroflot from returning to Russia.
An Airbus A330-343 was detained in Colombo on June 2 at the request of the Irish aircraft leasing company Celestial Aviation Trading Limited. More than 200 passengers were removed from the flight and accommodated at a local hotel.
Aeroflot has not confirmed the development yet, but reports state that another Aeroflot airliner, which arrived from Moscow, flew 275 Russians from Colombo on Sunday, including the remaining passengers of the detained aircraft.
Earlier this year, the EU imposed sanctions on Russia that targeted – among other things – the country’s transport sector, including a ban on the sale of aircraft, spare parts, and equipment to Russian carriers.
In addition, leased aircraft were required to be returned to the lessors by the end of March. But Russia said it would keep the planes until the lease contracts expired and began to re-register the aircraft in the country.
The latter move was met with criticism, as some countries questioned the safety of flights on planes that weren’t inspected by internationally-recognized registers.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.